The long-delayed trial of a 49yo unemployed conspiracy theorist from Mossley, Tameside, listed to be heard tomorrow morning (17th August), is facing another setback: The defendant, Raja Miah, has claimed that his solicitors have dropped him on the eve of the trial over a ‘conflict of interest’.
As a result, he says, an adjournment application has been filed at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and served on the Crown Prosecution Service so that he has the opportunity to be represented by an experienced and competent human rights lawyer against the harassment charge.
Miah goes on to say that has rejected the suggestion of the CPS that he avails himself of the services of the duty solicitor at court and that if his adjournment application is refused ‘then we’ll cause havoc, won’t we (him and a group of his supporters who self-style as ‘The Rabble’)’.
That significant piece of intelligence has been passed through to Greater Manchester Police, the CPS and the court’s Witness Support Unit. Attempting to subvert the criminal justice system in this way, even by way of implication or threat, strikes at the very heart of democracy in England and Wales.
Contact has been made, by the author of this article, Neil Wilby, with the principal witness in this criminal trial, a 39 year old lawyer from the Salford area of Greater Manchester (she was granted anonymity at an earlier stage of these proceedings). She supports the adjournment, not only in the interests of fairness and justice, but she fears that, unrepresented, her alleged harasser will attempt to use the trial to showcase his grievances against the various public authorities in the Region and take the case far outside what is on the indictment or in the evidence.
Miah claims that, if found guilty, his punishment will be a community service order. A bold claim to make given that his close friend and political ally, Khazir Rehman (better known locally as Kaiser) received a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months over a harassment charge, almost a year ago to the day at Tameside Magistrates’ Court. There was also a range of other sanctions, including 200 hours of community service, that formed part of Rehman’s sentencing.
Page last updated Tuesday 16th August, 2022 at 1345hrs
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